Beauvais in the historical province of Picardy

16 April 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

Town Hall © - Andy

Town Hall © – Andy

Beauvais is a city approximately 79 kilometres (49 mi) by highway north of central Paris, in the northern French region of Picardie. It currently has a population of over 60,000 inhabitants. Beauvais lies at the foot of wooded hills on the left bank of the Thérain at its confluence with the Avelon. Its ancient ramparts have been destroyed, and it is now surrounded by boulevards, outside of which run branches of the Thérain. In addition, there are spacious promenades in the north-east of the town. The industry of Beauvais comprises, besides the state manufacture of tapestry, which dates from 1664, the manufacture of various kinds of cotton and woollen goods, brushes, toys, boots and shoes, and bricks and tiles. Market-gardening flourishes in the vicinity and an extensive trade is carried on in grain and wine.   read more…

Compiègne on river Oise

19 May 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  7 minutes

Compiègne Palace © - Yusi Barclay!

Compiègne Palace © – Yusi Barclay!

Compiègne is a city in northern France. It is designated municipally as a commune within the département of Oise. The city is located along the Oise River. Its inhabitants are called Compiégnois.   read more…

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